Three men were arrested Saturday for attacking security guards at a hospital in Tel Aviv hospital last week, beating them and breaking their limbs.
The three, residents of the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi, Jerusalem and Haifa, were arrested while hiding out in an apartment in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, police said Saturday night. They are to be brought before a judge Sunday to be remanded.
Their arrests brought to six the total number of suspects held by police over the incident, which took place early Thursday morning. Police had arrested three suspects later that day.
Three security guards at Ichilov Hospital suffered light-to-moderate injuries when they were attacked and beaten by relatives of a disgruntled patient, hospital officials said after the incident.
Video of the attack showed the guards being surrounded and kicked and punched by the attackers. The hospital said that the medical and nursing staff were “stunned and frightened by the violence.”
Staff had just held a demonstration outside the ER on Wednesday to protest a recent spate of attacks on medical personnel in hospitals.
The incident began around 3 a.m. when the patient, a 19-year-old female from Jaffa, complained to hospital staff at the emergency room about the quality of the treatment she had received.
The young woman, who was escorted by her father, also attempted to grab a nurse’s cellphone, leading security guards to intervene.
The woman is believed to have then contacted other members of her family. Half an hour later, five relatives drove up to the entrance to the ER and confronted security guards who prevented them from reaching the medical staff. The men attacked and beat the guards, and then fled the scene. According to a Channel 2 news report, one of the men may have been carrying a gun.
Guards who followed them outside in attempt to prevent them leaving were further assaulted and suffered injuries including broken teeth and fractures.
The patient and her father were arrested following the attack and were questioned over their involvement.
Channel 2 quoted sources in Ichilov as saying that the woman had in the past threatened staff and doctors.
Earlier this month a woman hospitalized at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center beat a nurse unconscious and inflicted injuries that required medical treatment. The assailant was arrested.
Police noted that in three recent incidents in which patients attacked hospital staff there were swift indictments and suspects were held until the end of proceedings.
In March a Holocaust survivor burned to death a nurse. According to the court indictment, Asher Faraj became angry after the flu shot he received from the nurse made him feel weak and unwell.
Faraj told police he didn’t intend to harm anyone, but merely to cause damage to property at the clinic.